Michelle Williams: “Depression Isn’t OK, But It’s OK To Get Help”

    Blacks & Depression

    Most African Americans, including 92% of depressed African-American males, do not seek treatment. Stigma continues to be a major barrier to seeking out care. Many people are still confused between facts and myths, and either don’t understand what mental illnesses are, and/or continue to believe that there is something shameful about them.

    In addition to shame, minorities often feel the legacy of racism and discrimination, leading to the distrust of health and mental health professionals. Feelings of stigma, discrimination, and mistrust of authorities preclude individuals in need from seeking out and receiving the help and treatments that can lead them to recovery.

    • The death rate from suicide for African American men five times that for African American women, in 2005.

    • African Americans are 30% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic Whites.

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